Weeding is as important as a drop of rain.

That’s what an old Norfolk boy, Pinky, told me when I got my first allotment fifteen years ago.

The white kale – from seed sent to me by my old friends Loz and Kirsten – is doing really well

Today Alex and I weeded the white kale and red cabbage – interplanted with carrots and beetroot.

We also hoed the other beds.

The Hokkaido squash are looking good, as are the leeks edging the bed.

I love using my oscillating copper hoe – it only disturbs the top couple of centimetres of soil and introduces a bit of air to the mix.

We planted out seven lemon crystal cucumber plants.

A jostaberry, which I bought for a couple of quid at East Anglian Potato Day back in February, is now in residence at the bottom of the garden.

It’s a cross between gooseberry and blackcurrant.

I can’t wait to try it.

I pruned my outdoor tomatoes which again has given the plants some more air and space around them.

The tomatoes like the protected site between the warm brick wall and the flowering asparagus

Good I think.

Congestion and overcrowding are not a good thing as they encourage disease.

Crimson flowered broad beans are not very productive – only three or four per pod – but they’re extremely tasty

I’ve harvested all my broad beans and have cut the plants down at the base – leaving the nitrogen bearing roots in the ground.  

The coriander plants have also been pulled up – they’re drying indoors with the seeds on.

I’d like to save them as they’re a brilliant variety that are slow to bolt.

I had to pull up a few young sprouting broccoli that were badly stunted by aphids. 

The other brassica cage after we’d pulled up the diseased PSB. We left the self sown rocket.

I washed the less affected ones with water gently rubbing off the grey woolly insects.

So today was a very productive day of tidying, tending, staking and tieing in wayward young plants to give them their best chance of success.

The next couple of days I’ll be sowing florence fennel, endive, chicory, lettuce and a late row of parsnips.

I’ll also be planting out some large well developed Swiss chard seedlings, hoping they don’t get decimated by whatever attacked the last lot I put in when they were much smaller.














4 thoughts on “Weeding”

  1. Hi Cath, have heard about hoe, where can I obtain one from please ?
    I have a jostaberry, they do not produce fruit until 6 feet tall, does not take that long, not bad tasting not as strong as blackcurrant but I do not get look in once blackbirds find them.
    I must agree about spacing and thinning, I always grow to thickly, trying to do properly !
    I now have new piece of land in Rougham, plenty of space !
    Best Wishes

    1. Hi Derek
      Nice to hear from you.
      My hoe was expensive – but I think totally worth it.
      It has a bronze head (meant to discourage slugs etc)
      You can buy cheaper ones but this is the website I got mine from
      Wow – 6ft tall for a jostaberry! I can’t wait to try them.
      Where’s your new space in Rougham?
      I miss the place…

  2. Hi Cath, have you tried garlic spray against aphids? You can make a mix using one inch of garlic paste to a litre of water. YOu can also make your own by steeping garlic in water, but I’m not sure of the concentration. I use the spray against aphids, white fly and slugs, but you do need to reapply after rain. It’s very good on fruit trees and roses.
    All the best

    1. Hi Clare,

      Thanks for the suggestion.

      I will use it next time.

      My mother’s used it before now on her hostas and roses.

      There is a school of thought that thinks even “organic” sprays like this could be detrimental or harmful to beneficial insects as well.

      I’m not sure what I think…

      I partly blame myself for not putting the PSB under enviromesh soon enough.

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